Used 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Roomy seating and cargo area for this class of SUV
- Infotainment system is quick and sharp-looking
- Ride is far too busy for a luxury crossover
- Lots of engine and road noise
- Some controls are confusing to use
- Luxury features you'd expect to be standard are optional
- The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is an all-new vehicle
- Part of the first Cadillac XT4 generation introduced for 2019
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 makes for an affordable entry point into the world of compact luxury SUVs, offering a fuel-efficient engine and plenty of rear legroom. We also like its new technology interface, which is superior to older Cadillac systems by a wide margin. And unlike the bland styling found on many other crossovers, you won't mistake the XT4's distinctive design for anything but a Cadillac.
The XT4, however, misses the mark in several key areas. It's not much fun to drive due to lackluster handling and an engine that is a little underpowered by class standards. For a luxury vehicle, it's also surprisingly unrefined. The engine constantly makes a diesel-like chattering sound, and the ride quality is unnecessarily firm. Rivals are similarly priced and triumph where the XT4 falters.
Overall, the new XT4 is a mixed bag. It's worth a look if space and style are priorities for you. Otherwise, we think you might be happier checking out rival crossover SUVs such as Acura's RDX or BMW's X1 or X3.
Edmunds' Expert Rating6.9 / 10
|Overall||6.9 / 10|
Noise & vibration5.0
Ease of use6.5
Getting in/getting out7.0
Child safety seat accommodation7.0
Audio & navigation8.5
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2019 Cadillac XT4 models
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is available in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport. Though the base Luxury boasts solid entertainment and phone integration features, it's light on some features. The Premium Luxury and the Sport come with upgrades that match their names, such as leather for the former and additional seat bolstering for the latter. Regardless of trim level, the XT4 employs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (237 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) and a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
The base Luxury trim level doesn't quite come with all the features you might expect, but nonetheless it's decently equipped. Feature highlights include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, remote start, and dual-zone climate control. Infotainment is handled by 8-inch touchscreen, Near Field Communications for easy Bluetooth connections, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, four USB outlets (including one Type-C), and a seven-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
Stepping up to the Premium Luxury nets you automatic wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, a power liftgate, a rear cargo shade, driver-seat memory settings, ambient interior lighting and added drive safety aids, including front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and a seat that vibrates to alert the driver.
The Sport is similarly equipped but dons black trim-specific details, LED turn signals, and front cornering lamps. The interior has simulated leather upholstery, a different style of steering wheel and sport front seats.
Additional options are available for the Premium Luxury and the Sport. The Comfort and Convenience package adds upgraded front seats with a massaging function, leather upholstery (for the Sport) and hands-free operation of the power liftgate. The Technology package includes a digital gauge cluster, head-up display, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and wireless device charging.
For added safety, the Driver Awareness package includes low-speed frontal collision mitigation, a following distance indicator and lane keeping assist. After ordering this package, you can also opt for adaptive cruise control and both front and rear automatic braking from the Driver Assist package. The Enhanced Visibility package adds a suite of additional cameras, including one that displays in the rearview mirror, as well as an automatic parking feature.
When equipped with the optional 20-inch wheels, the Sport can also be outfitted with an adaptive suspension. Other available options include a sunroof; a built-in navigation system; a Cold Weather package, which adds a heated steering wheel and heated front and outboard rear seats; and a Trailering package, which brings additional cooling, a 2-inch receiver and a wiring connector.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the XT4 models:
- Safety Alert Seat
- Vibrates the driver's seat to alert you of things such as unintentional lane departure.
- Teen Driver
- Monitors driving habits, prevents disabling safety features such as stability control, and lets parents limit the volume of the stereo.
- Rear Camera Mirror
- Displays the view of a wide-angle camera in the rearview mirror to make reversing safer and easier.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover16.7%
2019 Cadillac XT4 First Impressions
2019 Cadillac XT4 First Drive
A Little SUV With a Lot Going On
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a small luxury SUV meant to compete with the new class of entry-level luxury vehicles. Once upon a time, entry-level luxury meant a compact sedan such as a BMW 3 Series. With the market-wide onset of crossover-itis, these days entry-level luxury means a small SUV. As such, the entry-level luxury SUV market is in the midst of a renaissance (even if the proportions are more Rubens than Raphael).
Cadillac hopes to attract shoppers looking at subcompacts such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Lexus UX and Volvo XC40. Alas, the XT4 is more expensive and larger than those vehicles, lining up more closely to the compact Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus NX and Volvo XC60. Regardless of the group, most of these SUVs are either new or recently redesigned, making this a very young segment. The competition is stiff, and it's hard to think of another segment that has so many vehicles that are so new.
Into this churning feeding frenzy, Cadillac is throwing the XT4 with the hopes that having a slightly bigger fish will provide an edge.
The Caddy That Zigs
Cadillac is adamant that the XT4 isn't just a reskinned version of an existing General Motors product. It's easy to draw a comparison to the Chevy Equinox — a small SUV with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, nine-speed automatic, and available all-wheel drive — but the comparison can't survive scrutiny.
The Cadillac's 2.0-liter turbo has been extensively reworked with an eye to maximizing efficiency without sacrificing power. The XT4's motor makes 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque while using tricks such as cylinder deactivation and variable valve lift to return up to 26 mpg combined (24 city/30 highway). Overall, this means the XT4 makes good power for the segment, but either matches or lags behind competitors in terms of fuel economy.
The XT4 is built on its own platform. It's about 2 inches shorter than the Equinox, but it's still a mite large for the entry-level luxury SUV segment Cadillac is targeting. In fact, the XT4 is 7 inches longer than the diminutive Volvo XC40. While the Cadillac is meant to compete with subcompact-size crossovers, it's actually closer to compacts in terms of its overall size. This in-between form factor and extra length mean the XT4 has more rear legroom than other entry-level SUVs. Although adults over 6 feet tall may have issues with headroom.
Everyone who fits will be comfortable, however. The rear seats are nicely padded, but the front seats are the real stars, with excellent structure and adjustability. The seats made it easy to find a driving position that stayed comfortable all day. After our initial setup, we didn't feel the need to keep tweaking the settings. Some credit goes to the armrests, which are placed both high and close enough to be easily usable.
Beyond being comfortable, the cabin made a good impression. Almost every surface is covered with some sort of soft-touch or premium-feeling material, including some lovely aluminum-look accents. There are a few plastics to be found that are reminiscent of the Chevy Equinox, but most shoppers are unlikely to pick those out at first glance. The cabin is also very usable, with lots of pockets and bins to keep all your stuff organized and within easy reach.
A New Interface
Inside the XT4 is something else that makes it unique in Cadillac's lineup: a knob. The XT4's infotainment interface can be controlled via the touchscreen or by a rotary knob placed near the gear shifter. We have a soft spot for physical controls because they tend to be less distracting to use than touchscreens, but the XT4's knob feels a bit compromised.
For starters, the menu structures and interface are all optimized for traditional touchscreen usage. Navigating menus just isn't as streamlined when using the knob, especially compared to what brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have managed. Second, the knob's functionality is contextual. Enter the music screen, and the knob switches from navigating buttons to switching tracks. Launch the navigation screen, and the knob zooms in and out. Enter certain menus, and the knob stops functioning entirely, accompanied by a message letting you know it can't be used.
All this means is that while the knob is useful, it's also a bit nonintuitive. Cadillac is committed to touchscreen interfaces, so it seems unlikely that we'll see the level of streamlined integration competitors managed. Still, the knob is an easy alternative once you get used to it, and it feels chunky and solid, making it a pleasant touch point.
Technology (and Cameras) Galore
Of course, the XT4's technology features aren't limited to a knob. As a GM product, it has extensive connectivity features, starting with OnStar and a 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and the XT4 has USB and USB-C ports for both front and rear passengers. There's a suite of available active safety features and driver aids, including reverse automatic braking, which applies the brakes for you when it thinks you're about to back into an obstacle. Cadillac's hands-free Super Cruise freeway driving system will also be available.
One of the XT4's other tricks is the sheer number of available cameras. Past the 360-degree camera view, there's a veritable smorgasbord of different views and angles. No matter what tight corner you find yourself in, the XT4 has a camera display that will help you maneuver your way out of it.
There's even a rearview camera display for the rearview mirror. Just flip a switch and the mirror changes to a screen presenting a live feed of traffic behind the vehicle. It's a little disconcerting because it lacks the sense of depth you get from focusing on objects in a mirror, but it's a wide, bright view that gives you a good sense of what's following you.
We appreciated all these camera views because visibility is a bit of a weakness for the XT4. Thick roof pillars and a relatively high beltline hamper your view a little, both on the road and while maneuvering at low speed.
Overall, the XT4's list of tech features is very competitive but comes with two caveats. Many features — such as driver aids, active safety features, and the fancy cameras — are optional extras that can drive up the Caddy's price. The other caveat is that while the technology is both useful and user-friendly, the interfaces and displays aren't as impressive as what you find in other luxury brands. You don't really need to be told what tricks an Audi has to be impressed by how the cabin tech looks, but the Caddy is less obvious about the depth of its features. Whether that's a positive or negative is up to the buyer's preferences.
Big Truck Little
On the road, the Cadillac also distinguishes itself from competitors. Power delivery is smooth and strong, and the transmission is quick to shift, but the powertrain lacks a sense of urgency compared to more aggressively tuned rivals. The Caddy's ride, especially with our tester's 20-inch wheels, felt a tad stiff-legged and came off bouncy over larger bumps. The steering is light and precise, but there's no feel from the front wheels. Finally, the brake pedal is very firm and numb.
These traits all together made the XT4 we drove feel more like a larger SUV. The steering, ride, braking and power delivery are reminiscent of something much heftier. That said, there's none of the body roll of a large SUV, and the XT4 proved maneuverable and stable on twisty roads. The vehicle's actual dynamics fit its size, but much of the sensation of interacting with the XT4 reminded us of being behind the wheel of a larger GM product.
In many ways, these characteristics could fit GM's mission for the XT4: It becomes both an entry-level product for people who might eventually switch to a larger SUV, and it will feel familiar to buyers who are downsizing because they don't need all the extra space and capability of a large SUV.
All this definitely sets the Cadillac apart: Most competitors in the small luxury crossover segment are focused on feeling sporty or carlike. The X4's driving feel is another distinguishing characteristic, but whether it's good or bad will likely depend on what you want from your SUV.
Pricing and Availability
The XT4 arrives at dealers in October with a starting price of $35,790 (including destination and handling). But start adding options and the price can rise quickly. All-wheel drive is a $2,500 extra (with a penalty of 2 mpg combined), and the packages and options don't come cheap. The version we drove came in at $54,485, and there were still a few options boxes that weren't ticked. That seems like a lot for an entry-level SUV, but most competitors can break the $50,000 mark once you dive into the options menu. The XT4's extra size and space might be enough to make the in-between price palatable to the right buyer.
On the whole, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a comfortable, technology-packed, and usable entry-level luxury SUV that slots neatly into Cadillac's lineup. How it compares across this very hot segment is another matter. With so many new or redesigned vehicles, it will take testing on familiar roads before clear winners become apparent.
2019 Cadillac XT4 First Look
Dressed (and Priced) for Success
From the full-size Escalade to the midsize XT5, Cadillac SUVs enjoy rampant popularity. The 2019 Cadillac XT4, which debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show, seeks to repeat that success within the realm of compact luxury crossovers by offering the brand's iconic design, a fuel-efficient powertrain and competitive pricing.
The five-seat XT4 blends into the group neatly in terms of footprint. Its exterior size lines up close to the Audi Q5 and the Lexus NX, which are the segment's best-sellers. While the XT4's front seats have similar interior space as the rest of the group, Cadillac expects it to be a class leader when it comes to rear-seat roominess. Behind those seats sits 22.5 cubic feet of cargo space — 48.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down — which falls in the middle of the segment's spectrum. You'll find more in a BMW X3, but less in the Lexus.
Up front, the premium vinyl-wrapped seats have prominent bolstering, and you can opt for leather and a massage feature. The 8-inch, 768-pixel resolution center display shows the latest version of Cadillac's entertainment system, which grows more capable with each iteration. Previous versions of this system have relied on often-frustrating touch-sensitive controls, so we're happy to see the XT4 has a rotary controller to work in conjunction with the voice controls.
Standard near-field communication should make pairing Bluetooth much easier, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support comes on all XT4s. Charging options include four USB ports and three 12-volt outlets, though wireless charging, a 4G LTE connection and navigation are optional.
Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, figures that match those of most similarly priced competitors. At an estimated 27 mpg combined (25 city/30 highway), the XT4 offers slightly better fuel economy than most thanks in part to standard cylinder deactivation, where the engine selectively runs on fewer cylinders when they aren't needed to save gas.
The sole transmission is a nine-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive is standard. Like the engine, the optional all-wheel-drive system can deactivate and stop sending power to the rear wheels to reduce fuel consumption. We don't know exactly by how much this helps yet since Cadillac did not release a separate mpg figure for all-wheel-drive XT4s.
The XT4 will be available in three trim levels. The base Luxury adds amenities such as dual-zone climate control and a rearview camera, while comfort features such as a sunroof, navigation and a Cold Weather package are optional. Upgrading to the Premium Luxury or Sport model nets higher-quality interior materials and advanced driver safety features such as parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Premium Luxury and Sport represent the intentions their names describe. For example, the former includes leather seating and wood or aluminum interior trim, while the latter offers a sport steering wheel, carbon-fiber interior trim, and blacked-out exterior parts that evoke Cadillac's performance-oriented V and V-Sport models. Both are available with 20-inch wheels, but the Sport offers optional adaptive dampers that can quickly adjust to different road conditions.
Options range from a tow package that increases capacity to 3,500 pounds to a suite of driver assistance and active safety features, including a surround-view system and a rearview mirror that doubles as a wide-screen monitor of a rear-facing camera. Alas, Cadillac won't say whether the XT4 will offer the brand's hands-free driving Super Cruise system now available on the CT6 sedan.
With a starting price of $35,790 (including destination), the XT4 is one of the least expensive ways to get into a compact luxury SUV. The larger XT5 is priced similar to its midsize competition, so we'll find out if that translates into similar success when the XT4 goes on sale in fall 2018.
Used 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV Overview
The Used 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV is offered in the following styles: Premium Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Premium Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A). Pre-owned Cadillac XT4 SUV models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 237 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV Premium Luxury is priced between $33,990 and$41,998 with odometer readings between 10167 and56761 miles.
- The Used 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV Sport is priced between $31,998 and$44,998 with odometer readings between 10563 and64417 miles.
- The Used 2019 Cadillac XT4 SUV Luxury is priced between $30,998 and$38,998 with odometer readings between 16216 and83823 miles.
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